SECOND row Will Spencer expects to miss Worcester Warriors’ European Challenge Cup clash with Connacht at Sixways on Saturday through injury (3pm).

The powerful forward said he took a “big bang” to his hip in a “freak rugby incident” in Warriors’ 46-25 defeat to Bath in the Aviva Premiership on Friday.

After suffering the blow, Spencer hobbled off on 58 minutes and received treatment from the club’s physios.

But the 25-year-old admitted he was unsure whether he would be fully recovered in time for Warriors’ meeting with unbeaten Pool Five leaders Connacht.

“I was hoping to play next weekend but I have taken a bang to my hip,” Spencer said.

“It doesn’t look like anything serious so hopefully I can get back in a week’s turnaround but if not it might have to be the week after that.

“I will make sure I am 100 per cent fit.”

Spencer had overcome a back problem which ruled him out of Worcester’s 46-31 defeat at Saracens last week to face his former club.

“I have had a few little niggles,” said the ex-Bath lock.

“I had a back issue in the week leading up to the Sarries game so with all the travelling required we thought it might not be the best thing for me to play.

“I felt really good going into the Bath match as my back felt great.

“But in a bit of a freak rugby incident I took a big bang to my hip, landing awkwardly in a tackle and I just couldn’t run after that.

“I have seen the physios already and it’s not too much more than just a knock and hopefully it will settle down in the next week or two.”

Warriors currently sit in second in their European group, seven points behind Connacht with two games left.

The five pool winners and three best-placed runners-up will gain places in the quarter-finals.

“We are looking to get two good victories to hopefully put us through to the quarter-final,” said Spencer whose side visit third-placed Brive a week on Saturday.

“Connacht are a quality side. We lost to them away from home but played some really good rugby so we are really looking forward to that clash.”